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Friday, 24 November 1911

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Whilst I intend to support the Government proposal so as to allow as much time as possible to be devoted to the consideration of Ministerial business. I, like Senator O'Keefe. hope that there willbe no undue haste displayed to close the session. I cannot see how it is possible for us to complete the programme of business which has been put forward by the Government before Christmas. 1 feel sure that we shall have to re-assemble immediately after the New Year. The Government should insist upon finishing the business which they have to put before Parliament, irrespective of how long it may be necessary for the session to continue.

Senator Needham - Let us sit till Christmas twelve months, if it be necessary.

Senator St Ledger - That is a lovely suggestion after the long recess.

Senator DE LARGIE - I can assure Senator St. Ledger that we are going to have no long recess this time. The "stonewalling " tactics of certain members of the Opposition will not prevent the Government from pressing the consideration of their business to a conclusion, no matter how long it may be necessary for Parliament to sit. I hope that we shall adjourn about the 15th December, and that we shall resume our deliberations about the second week in January.

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